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Bes-image of the god Hor-Asha-Khet

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 30
Date:
4th–2nd century B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Bronze, gold, electrum, auriferous-silver, and copper-alloy inlay
Dimensions:
h.. 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in) [20 cm (7 7/8 in) with tenon]; w. 9.6 cm (3 3/4 in); d. 6.7 cm (2 5/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
29.2.3
  • Description

    This statue has the visual form known for the god Bes, but the form was actually adopted for depictions of numerous other gods, usually ones related to Horus. Egyptologists use the term "Bes-image" to describe such works, or in cases where the name of the god represented is not known. The inscription on this example reads: "Horus-Ashakhet, who makes live Ibi, son of Pediastarte, born of Tadiese...," indicating that the statuette represents an obscure god named Horus-Ashakhet. The offerer's father's name includes the name of the Semitic goddess Astarte, suggesting that the unreadable group of signs following the mother's name might be an epithet of Semitic origin.
    This aggressively posed image is notable for the refined polychrome surface decoration that articulates the god's physical features and the minute details of his regalia; it incorporates at least seven distinctive metallic hues derived from the use of a wide variety of metals.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Hor-Asha-Khet, who makes live Ibi, son of Padi-Astarte and Tadi-Iset.....(H. De Meulenaere)

  • Provenance

    Purchased in Cairo from Maurice Nahman, 1929.

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